Aug 16, 2007 7:52am
Members, Don't Git Weary
thanks to Some Dark Hollow and bluedevil for passing on word that the great Max Roach has passed. perhaps the last of the great bebop jazzmen.....but not just that....max was in at the beginning of IT ALL, at minton's playhouse in the late forties...but not just IN, a key player, along with charlie parker, dizzy, miles, monk and all the giants. was he the last of the Giants to pass? TRULY, A GREAT of ALL TIME..... genius drummer....
i cited the album Members, Don't Git Weary in SDH's post....and after putting the disc on the table again, and reading the sleeve again....i find the original 1968 notes by Ed Williams (of WLIB ?) to be very appropriate. i could not find them online so typed in the best bits myself (rememebr this regards the 1968 Atlantic set "Members, Don't Git Weary"):
"shortly after this music was recorded, max and the men opened at Count Basie's in harlem. the significance of the occasion was twofold in that it marked the return of top calibre music to this long neglected area of the city, and it was also the first time in over twenty years max had worked in a club in harlem in a regular engagement. it was a very proud homecoming and they raised hell every night. toward the end of the week, "the prince of darkness," (miles davis) led his young warriors into the club and joined the heroes of this album. scores of late comers were turned away every night, some never got in.
....let history record the events of those evenings in late august 1968 so that future generations of jazz lovers may speak of it proudly and with some degree of accuracy. let us pinpoint those moments in history and all the others like them whenever they occur. LET US CLING TO THE MUSIC AND THE MEN WHO CREATE IT with the same passion they know in their playing. let us respect and honor those creators, for they have touched and have been touched by many of life's secrets that ordinary men may never know.
if you have not manufactured arms, caused wars or raised arms against your neighbors in battle, if you have not lied, cheated or stolen or taken advantage of your neighbors then you are welcome at the table. IF YOU CAN LISTEN with open ears and are capable of loving what you hear and knowing what you love, then don't get weary, for truly the work is almost done...."
that's pretty heavy for a jazz record, and one on atlantic no less....and talk about "touched by life's secrets," did poor old Ed know what was about to hit the fillmore? and talk about gigs you would go to in your TIME MACHINE, i've got to say, a night with the "Members..." band is TIPPITY TOPS....ever
they say painting is ten years ahead of the other arts....in the 50s and 60s JAZZ MUSICIANS lead and everyone else followed. and MAX was one of the leaders, FOR SURE....throughout the 60s he was among the musicians, notably like COLTRANE, who paved the way for guys like PHIL & JERRY....REALLY, we are bidding goodnight to ONE OF THE GREATEST WE COULD EVER KNOW........
PRAISE TO MAX ROACH......ALL LOVE AND THANKS TO MAX ROACH AND WHAT HE GAVE US
i gotta give you a link, right? how bout a nice "comes a time?" :
This post was modified by He Live's on 2007-08-17 06:37:28
This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-08-16 14:52:11